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tonight. i'll know more about how you think than i knew yesterday. and i'll know a lot of stuff here. >> with greatest respect i think i have learned sliltly more as have the viewers from you tonight than you will ever learn from me. but it's been a real pleasure. >> thank you for having me. it's been a treat. >> thank you so much. good morning, everybody. welcome to this "cnn sunday morning" for june 12th. i'm t.j. holmes. glad you spent part of your weekend with us. as always, a special good morning to the servicemen and women watching us on the armed forces network right now. thank you for what you do. we'll look at how civilian preachers are making the switch from the pulpit to combat zones and becoming military chaplains. also this morning,
representative anthony weiner now says that he needs therapy but he also says he will not resign despite a number of high-profile democrats calling for him to do so. also take a look at this. this is what they call, where is it, where is -- the vehicle is called grave digger. the guy you're seeing is our reynolds wolf, taking a ride in that big sucker. it's 6:00 a.m. in atlanta, georgia, 5:00 a.m. in little rock, georgia. an interesting day after congressman anthony weiner is asking to take a temporary break from capitol hill but the power brokers in his own party want that break to be permanent. weiner admitted sending lewd pictures of himself to women he met online. one of the girls he contacted is just 17 years old, he says he
had no inappropriate contact with her. yesterday he said he needed a leave of absence to become a better husband but still isn't ready to resign. >> reporter: can you tell me have you spoken to the clintons? >> i'm having conversations with friends, neighbors, members of the family. i've made mistakes and i have to redeem myself and these were personal failings. i'm trying not to let them get in the way of my professional work. >> reporter: that doesn't seem like a possibility anymore. a source telling cnn democratic leaders set a deadline of saturday morning for weiner to step down on his own. >> for the good of all, he should step aside. >> reporter: there's this, "anthony's inappropriate behavior has become an ins insurmountable distraction to
the house" from steve israel, head of the campaign committee. finally, nancy pelosi called for an ethics investigation says "i urge congressman weiner to seek that help without the pressures of being a member of congress." the response from weiner's office" congressman weiner takes the views of his colleagues very seriously and has determined he needs this time to get healthy and make the best decision possible to get healthy for himself, his family and constituents." he says he wants to get treatment, and he doesn't want to make decision about what he's going to do going forward until his wife comes back, who is on an overseas trip. we will have much more on this, this morning. we'll check in with dana bash in our next hour. we turn overseas now, an
ugly milestone in afghanistan. the number of civilian deaths in one month hits a new high, more than 350 people dead. the united nations blaming most of the deaths on insurgents. nate payton-w nick paton-walsh with the story. >> reporter: 368 people they say killed in this month, 82% of that number casualties attributable to the insurgency. this suggests really a large uptick in violence in the summer fighting season months as they're normally known. last may was the deadliest month for nato troops. a rise in violence, many believe that's attributable to different groups trying to show their supremacy in the months ahead. the taliban appear to be shifting their focus on targeted
assassinations, to weaken the strength of the afghan government aligned with nato but really so many civilians caught in the cross-fire and the violence of the insurgency. many people are asking is this increase in violence going to affect the withdrawal of nato troops promised by the obama administration and the answer to that frankly is no. we are likely to see anything between the 5,000 the military wants and the 15,000 the obama democratic party hoped to see pulled out withdrawal at some point by the end of this year, and i think that's really changing the political climate here, people looking at an afghanistan perhaps without nato, to work out for themselves where they sit between the insurgency and an afghan government weak for quite some time. nick paton-walsh, cnn, kabul. to iraq, five u.s. soldiers killed last week in baghdad were likely targeted by shiite
militias attempting to drive the u.s. out of iraq. six weeks after osama bin laden was killed another operative in east africa goes down. fazul abdul mohammed was killed in mogadishu, he was behind the bombings in kenya and tanzania. he was on the fbi u.s. most wanted terrorist list. congresswoman gabrielle giffords will leave a houston, texas, rehab facility this month. the arizona congresswoman spokesperson telling "the houston chronicle" giffords will become an outpatient. she was among several people shot in january in tucson. six of those people died. take a look, volcano in chile now causing air travel problems. thousands of miles away in
australia, as well as new zealand. thick black cloud drifted west as the eruption spits ash into the air. qantas airlines canceled 20 flights. the blue angels are ready to get back in the air. they were forced to take a few weeks off because of safety concerns. the commander quit shortly after le leading the team in a low-flying stunt in virginia. only 130 feet off the ground instead of where they should have been which is 500 feet. they returned with a report in davenport, iowa, next saturday. seven minutes after the hour, good morning, reynolds wolf. what are you keeping an eye on this morning? >> keeping a sharp eye on arizona and into new mexico city, see if they get any relief from the rough weather the last couple of days, dry and breezy,
the worst conditions for them. what they could use is rain, something we had in atlanta yesterday, stray showers behind me, there's a shot of atlanta. what will happen in your part of the world? we'll let you know in a few moments. >> appreciate it, we'll see you in a second. to our viewers, stick around. i'll be back in 60 seconds, two frightening crashes at a race, a car race and you won't believe that both drivers walked away. reynolds and i are back in 60 seconds. in here, the planned combination of at&t and t-mobile would deliver our next generation mobile broadband experience to 55 million more americans, many in small towns and rural communities, giving them a new choice. we'll deliver better service, with thousands of new cell sites... for greater access to all the things you want, whenever you want them. it's the at&t network... and what's possible in here is almost impossible to say.
the fire has forced more than 9,000 people from their homes. in next door new mexico fire officials are warning people and sensitive groups to avoid all that smoke. rain, reynolds? >> not a prayer, not a dance, t.j. the monsoon season you have in arizona usually pops up from november through april, where they can have spotty showers. at times heavy rainfall. this is not one of the times. what's weird is when you see storms of this magnitude or fires of this magnitude, they can create their own weather. they're their own weather machines because the temperatures in the fires are over 1,000 degrees fahrenheit, they can create the giant calm of hot air, embers and pass them five miles or so spreading the fires. >> firefighters do they keep meteorologists on staff or check in with guys like you? >> they keep their own guys on staff. i have pretty keen knowledge of the forecast. these are smart guys, the men and women and firefighters out there.
one thing go covers fires, when you go out in the field it's a sad thing. men and women on the front lines there is no other spot they'd rather be, dedicated to the task, work around the clock, the ground troops and the guys above dropping the flame retardant. today the winds are week but will increase in the afternoon. to give you an idea, winds sustained 20 to 25 miles per hour, gusts topping 40, there will be a few exceptions, some that could exceed 50 miles per hour. relative humidity will be very low today, below 15%. we are going to see higher humidity, storms across central north and parts of the central north plains. thunderstorms, isolated tornado, and the potential for flash flooding. to the eastern seaboard, maine to the carolinas, perhaps to georgia.
a chance of scattered showers, a few thunderstorms. in terms of temperatures that depends where you are. what is interesting about your temperatures, a day like today i can't stand 93 degrees in atlanta. those high temperatures will fuel the chance of thunderstorms, help create a few pop-up storms if you will. they can drop heavy rain and cool you off. 92 is your high in tampa, 90 in miami. 89 in washington, d.c. 67 in chicago as we wrap things up. 79 in kansas city, 75 in salt lake city and 60 from seattle to san francisco and back to l.a. wrapped up like a little burrito for you. >> reynolds, appreciate you buddy. thanks so much. the belmont stakes is over. we only had three chances to be horse racing fans. >> so unfortunate, happens so fast. >> kind of a stunning upset.
ruler on ice was the winner. odds here 24:1 the favorite, shackelford and animal kingdom, they were competing to win the second leg. no horse has pulled off a triple crown in some 33 years. stay thirsty and brilliant speed came in second and third. you love how they come up with the names of these horses. this is the video i was telling everybody you need to stick around and watch. this was the 24-hour race at laplans. look at this. unbelievable. it's amazing that this guy walks out, one of two horrific crashes to show you. this is the first one to tell you about, less than an hour after the start of this race. 24-hour race, you have to balance your speed, your endurance, got to keep that car going on the track for 24 hours but again, walks away.
the other crash, this one comes at full speed, and this comes in the dark. this is the defending champion here, loses control of his car, you can see that at the bottom of the screen, goes out of screen, went off the track but look at that. it's amazing the speed these guys go and this happens in nasc nascar, indy car but no matter how bad these crashes are, these guys walk away. they're always checked out but they build these cars to sustain the crashes and protect the drivers. >> they're driving i-285 and heading home it's nuts in atlanta. makes you wonder what happened inside the car, was he distracted, the shear speed, reaching for a twinkie on the passenger seat? it's a 24-hour race so there are a lot of things you got to do inside and i say cockpit of the car because it is designed like a cockpit of the fighter plane, the audis, the porsches, they're designed to have the accident.
the cars disintegrates, except where the driver happens to be. so twinkie a possibility. >> i know what you're doing tonight and a lot of folks. win or no ring this year for the miami heat, more specifically and interesting to folks is no ring for lebron james. they already had a championship celebration after announced he would be going to miami and win not one, two, six, seven, when he decided to go to south beach, down three games to two but the next two games would be in miami, game six tonight, 8:00 eastern, a lot of folks waiting for that. >> if you believe in karma, makes you wonder who most people will pull for in the game. if you're from cleveland you might happen to wonder who most people will be pulling for. >> you know who. are you pulling for somebody? >> kind of sort of, not really but yes. i'm going to eat some twinkies.
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26 minutes past the hour now. don't know if you're much of a baseball fan, even specifically maybe a fan of the texas rangers baseball team. you may be a fan of the texas rangers after this story. they made a decision to draft a college prospect, who is partially paralyzed. georgia bulldogs outfielder jonathan taylor broke his neck three months ago in a collision with one of his teammates during a game. it left him a paraplegic. earlier this week, though, in the 33rd round of pro baseball's amateur draft the rangers used their pick to select taylor, who was pleasantly surprised when he got the call. >> the first day coach called me i was like, i didn't believe him for a minute but when he told me that and other, my trainer mike dillon told me, too, i can't believe i got drafted after all
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we're at the bottom of the hour on this "cnn sunday morning." welcome back and as always welcome to our military men and women on the armed forces network. thank you for what you do. the update on the casey anthony trial, one of the most watched trials we've seen in quite some time. the florida bomb accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter is due back in court tomorrow. week four of the trial expected to bring the close of the prosecution's case. among the few witnesses remaining a trace evidence analyst and a tattoo artist. anthony visited that tattoo artist in the weeks following her daughter caylee's disappearance. a lot of folks you can guess will start camping out today to get into the trial tomorrow.
it's amazing a murder trial can be one of the hottest tickets in town. look at some of the scenes we've been watching here at the casey anthony trial attracted a cult like interest, trying to get one of 50 courtroom tickets available every day. friday morning it got so tense a scuffle broke out at one point, a woman had to be taken away in an ambulance. so what exactly is the big fascination that makes people line up at times 1:00 in the morning, 2:00 in the morning, 3:00 in the morning, just to make sure they get a prime spot? i asked one of those folks, one of the trial watchers, kelly heeny. >> being in there makes everything so much more real, just seeing casey in person, same with george and cindy and lee just puts everything into perspective for me and makes it all come into place rather than watching it on tv. >> is that just a part of our culture now, where we're fascinated by and maybe you can admit this, you're fascinated, this story has gotten a lot of
media coverage for a while now, is it just that almost celebrity culture and nature in you, that you just want to see it and be a part of this reality television? >> i think so. i mean, it's very interesting this whole case. you don't hear about this on an everyday basis, the whole thing is just very strange to me, so that's why it makes it so fascinating to be in there. >> what is it like as well, you said you lined up at 3:00 a.m., we're showing video here i believe, i can't make out which one you are but i believe we have a shot of you just how difficult is it, how crazy is it even because we have seen scuffles even break out. what is it like down there trying to fight for a spot? >> oh, yes, when i got there, i was the fifth person in line and once they started getting past 50 we started counting on our own and writing on our hands which number we were. the people in the back of the line did not care at all and said they were going to be running in front of us.
i took off my shoes and gave my bag to my friend and sprinted as fast as i could and got number nine. >> heeny will try to attend the trial once a week from now on. let's turn to some of the stories making headline this is morning. pakistani authorities investigating twin bombings that left 34 people dead in the north city of peshawar. 94 others were wounded. the first blast went off in the bathroom of a restaurant. a suicide bomber detonated another bomb. there has yet to be a claim of responsibility. also in california tomorrow's scheduled release of joe han's mess serl is expected to be met with protests. the incident was caught on cell phone video and enraged racial
tensions. the victim's family call it a traves travesty. >> it was painful to us as a family, there was no accountability, there was into justice in that courtroom. >> he did less than the time that michael vick did for abusing animals, a per version of justice. >> the police in oakland and los angeles say they are prepared for the protests. add the international monetary fund to the list of organizations getting hacked these days. federal agents are investigating a cyber attack on the imf's computer systems, this apparently happened before the managing director dominique strauss-kahn was arrested for sexual assault may 14th. congressman anthony weiner announced he's taking a temporary break from capitol hill. some power brokers from his own party want that break to be a permanent one. he sent lewd pictures of himself
online. one was 17 years old although he said he had no inappropriate contact with her. yesterday he said he needed a leave of absence to become a better husband. still isn't ready, though, he says, to design. >> reporter: at this point you have no plans to resign? >> nothing changing, nothing has changed. >> reporter: so you are not resigning? democratic leaders are lining up to demand weiner's resignation. house minority leader nancy pelosi asked for an ethics investigation and now this from other representatives, "i urge congressman weiner to seek that help without the pressures of being a member of congress." it of course is a serious subject but of course the weiner scandal has been prime material for the late night comics. check it out. >> good afternoon. i'm anthony weiner. >> the category tonight, top ten
questions to ask yourself before tweeting a photo of your deal. >> "new york times" reports weiner's wife is pregnant. the only thing that could possibly make this right is if we find out she got pregnant by arnold schwarzenegger. >> i'd like to take this time to apologize to my family, my constituents, most importantly my staff. >> he lied for ten days and only came clean today when additional photos like this were released. i mean that is actually understandable. the guy's my age and he is totally cut. it would be hard not to tweet like that. >> the congressman had a sex scandal and had to apologize to bill clinton, for what? copyright infringement?
>> one of the women that congressman weiner was sexting turns out to be a porn star. did you know that? he was sexting a porn star. when asked how it was possible to get involved with someone in a sleazy business, the porn star said, i don't know. >> please accept my apology. now if you'll excuse me, i have to go take a staff photo. >> they'll be having fun with this one for a while. there is a funny side to a tragic, sad and serious situation. take a look at the screen now. tires on this vehicle, more than five feet tall. the vehicle weighs some 750 pounds, and reynolds, they gave you the keys to it. >> hard to believe, i have no idea what they were thinking. sunday, sunday, sunday, we'll do some monster truck driving in a
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41 minutes past the hour. reynolds wolf, main job is meteorologist but you and rob go out and drive race cars, jump out of planes, bungy jump. where does this rank on the list of some of the wildest things you've done? >> pretty high up there. keep this straight, i should not drive any motorized vehicle. it's amazing i have any license whatsoever. >> not arguing with you there. >> thank you. this has a tremendous engine. i have lived in houses smaller than the wheels on this tire, the tires on this tremendous vehicle. it's owned by a guy named dennis anderson, the name of the vehicle is called grave digger. it's big, loud, bad, it's on the air now. take a look. roaring engines. cheering fans. just the uk cacophony of sounds
in monster trucks. this is dennis anderson, that's his ride, grave digger. how many years you've been doing this? >> 29 years. >> it's a job this north carolina native loves. >> i started out as a good old guy working on a farm and created this truck and drove it like a madman and my fans love me to death for what i do and i love my fans back. >> reporter: grave digger the most recognized monster truck in the world is built to look like a 1950s chevy panel truck. how big of an engine in that thing in. >> a pretty big motor? 540 cube irinch blown fuel injected alcohol motor, develops about 1450 horsepower so it's pretty powerful. >> reporter: powerful enough to propel it more than 30 feet in the air at times and to make this beast more you have to have these. >> terra tires, 63 inches tall
and weigh 750 pounds. >> reporter: after nearly 30 decades at the controls den sis putting me at the driver's seat. >> you have to feel 1450 horsepower, that's what i want you to feel. >> reporter: wow. it's loud. my heart is thumping louder than that thing. trust me. scary. let's do it. good stuff, man. >> good deal, man, all right. i'm proud of you. >> reporter: that was fun. of course i didn't get any air or crush any cars like dennis.
at the top of his game he's still humbled by the experience. >> just an all-american guy living a dream. almost like winning the lottery, but maybe it's got a few more bumps in it than that. >> dennis anderson is one of the coolest guys i've ever met. he loves what he does, loves his fans and every day is an adventure for the man. a back story to this, they have an engineer that works on the crew and have a radio controlled shutoff switch so if i went too crazy with the vehicle they'd shut it off. it's not good for an anchor to destroy their vehicle. dennis pulled me aside, when you get on the far side of the georgia dome they're not going to be able to get you that well with the frequency, when you get on the far side, punch it as hard as you possibly can so that's what i did. >> explain to folks, many people may not have been to some of the shows but these are popular, this is a sport that draws a lot of audiences. >> really does. they have thousands and thousands that show up. what's funny you got people that
show up before the shows, unlike some sports you can't get up close to your stars, they open up the floor, open up the auditorium so people can go in, shake the hands of the drivers, see the vehicles up close and personal and something more, these guys will stay long after the show, dennis anderson has stayed any place, and they travel worldwide he'll stay until the last person wants an autograph, so it's an amazing thing. great people. >> good stuff. reynolds, thank you. let me ask you, when you hear of somebody say they're taking a vacation to amsterdam what is the first thing you think? >> i wish i was there when i was 22, 23 years old. >> gets the idea here. tourists though, a lot of tourists go for, yes, the weed, but maybe tourists won't be able to get any more weed there in amsterdam. it's quarter of the top of the hour. that story is next.
about 12 minutes to the top of the hour. nadia bilchik joins me now. are people going to have to change their plans now? >> they could have to. people have been trying to reduce the number of prostitution stores, over 400 and the amount of coffee shops where you can buy cannabis. they've been hoping to do this for a while but the law is going to go into effect that only dutch citizens will be allowed to buy what they are going to have is called a weed pass. >> a weed pass. >> weed pass. the tourists coming to amsterdam purely to buy cannabis and smoke, they want to beautify the city and people coming to do
that is disruptive. >> don't they want that tourism? >> of course. that's the controversy because the tourism anyone involved in tourism is saying it's a great tourist attraction but people in the city are saying it's disruptive so there is a great deal of conflict going on. i don't know if you know that amsterdam is famous for something called the cannabis cup. >> the cannabis cup? >> you choose the finest grade cannabis. in san francisco this month there is going to be a medical cannabis cup where you're going to be choosing the finest grade cannabis and hashish and edibles and also teaching people about something called canna-biz, the business of growing cannabis, people in the medical marijuana industry, the people in the medical marijuana industry will look at individuals, look at the grade of the product and also there to teach people how to get
involved in the industry. >> when is this happening again? >> on the 25th of june in san francisco. now, in phoenix, arizona, a gentleman has started a company called we grow, the walmart of weed and anything to do with growing cannabis and all for medical purposes and there will be a doctor on site to say how you qualify. >> when might we hear. back to amsterdam, whether or not this is going to happen? >> it is all happening this year. in some of the southern cities in holland has passed. people in tourism are fighting it. as far as amsterdam goes right now you can still go into amsterdam and get cannabis in a coffee shop, only up to five grams, only allowed five grams and the law doesn't allow for the growing of cannabis but there is a huge push by authorities to only allow dutch citizens to buy marijuana.
>> all right, who knew there was such -- many people thought it was such a draw to the area for this, they're saying it's a blight on the community. >> always two sides to the story. the other concern if there isn't coffee shops, is there going to be an illegal drug trade. like everything else, there are two sides and what happens remains to be seen. >> good stuff, nadia. a friend of mine might have to change his travel plans for the summer. >> go to the medical marijuana or cannabis cup in san francisco. >> nadia bilchik, thank you as always. take a look at a picture, can you figure out what's happening here? we'll put this picture into motion here in just a moment and explain exactly what happens. nine minutes to the top of the hour here on this "cnn sunday morning." that's 50% of the daily value. pass on the news and make sure you and everyone you know is getting the calcium they need. ♪
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one north carolina kindergartener got quite a surprise at school the other day, got a big gift. check it out. >> more, more. >> surprise! >> i knew it! i knew it! >> 5-year-old madison opened a massive birthday present and there's dad. her dad, daniel, has been working as a contractor in afghanistan since october, and there they are, but we see these time and time again and no, they will never get old. in just a few months we could see more troops coming home, but some of the key people advising the president about the drawcounsdra drawdowns in iraq and afghanistan are changing. chris lawrence looking at that for us. >> reporter: t.j., we've been down in south carolina getting the story on chaplain training, getting an inside look at really what it takes to go from the civilian ministry to an army
life, possibly being deployedover seas and ministering to soldiers under extreme amounts of stress, fascinating story we're working on for the rest of the week. we've been keeping an eye on what's going on in washington as well, specifically the start of the confirmation hearings, leon panetta nominated to replace robert gates as defense secretary. the interesting thing about this in the way in which these goings on in washington may affect every soldier and marine who is out there in iraq and afghanistan is because you're going to have a different set of voices around the table talking to president obama when these big decisions start to come up. originally what we had heard from folks in the pentagon was that the initial drawdown in afghanistan was going to be fairly minimal, maybe 3,000, 4,000 troops at the most. now there is increased talk of that being a more sizeable drawdown perhaps over 10,000 troops being, coming back home. so when the president starts to
make these decisions, robert gates is on his way out, leanne panetta has been running the cia, seeing what unmanned drones and a small amount of troops can do working for the caa. how will he bring that perspective to the department of defense? general david petraeus has been a huge voice in the military, running the operation in afghanistan. he's moving out of the military and going to the cia. we're keeping an eye on that to see how many troops are deployed not only in iraq but especially in afghanistan. t.j.? >> we're getting close to the top of the the hour and we'll reset things in a moment on this "cnn sunday morning" and something we want to show you here in a moment, the first pictures of congresswoman gabrielle giffords that we have seen since the shooting in tucson earlier this year. you'll want to see these. we're right back. ordinary windshield wipers off the glass.
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when you're 80. details of a new financial study straight ahead. hello to you all. this is your "cnn sunday morning" for june 12th. t.j. holmes at the cnn headquarters in atlanta, georgia. i want to share something with you right now. a lot of people have been waiting to see, this just coming out, being released, the first pictures of congresswoman gabrielle giffords since she was shot in the head at that event in tucson earlier this year. this was released just a short time ago on her facebook page, there are two pictures of her, the one there on the bottom right certainly with the shorter and the dark hair now and also one kind of in the middle of your screen, upper left of the page, another photo of her. of course we have the only pictures we have seen of her, there was one picture some of you all night remember, just showed the back of her hospital bed with her husband standing by, another one where her husband was shown holding her hand in the hospital room, the only images we've seen, this is
the first time we are seeing her, a smiling gabrielle giffords, certainly going through her recovery right now, after being shot in the head, the rehab center in houston, we have been getting word this morning as well "the houston chronicle" reporting she might be released from the rehab center soon and being moved to being an outpatient but the first we have seen, the first pictures we have seen of her since she was shot. the photographer who took these pictures also released a statement, they were taken by a photographer p.k. weiss worked as a photojournalist in the southwest for about 40 years, worked in the tucson area for some 30 plus years and known the congresswoman for quite some time. the pictures were taken on may 17th at that rehab center where she has been recovering and taken the day after the launch of the shuttle "endeavour" which of course her husband, mark kelly, was the commander of.
the statement was released by the photographer, i'm not sure if you can see it on the screen but i want you to listen to it. photographer saying and i'm quoting here "any photographer in the country would have loved the opportunity to take these pictures and i was delighted to be asked. i've known gabby for more than a decade and her staff asked me to do it because she wanted someone who was not a stranger, someone she could be comfortable around. the photos were taken in her room and in an outside area of the hospital." goes on to say "in addition to the congresswoman her mother, one of the staff members and a close friend were there." said "it was also inspiring to see how she recovered in four and a half months. i was excited to see her and see her mother. she was glad to see me, smiling and laughing and seemed to enjoy the experience. i certainly did," that from p.k. weiss, the photographer asked to come in and take the pictures of congresswoman gabrielle giffords, but a nice something to see. a lot of people have been waiting to see her.
she traveled to florida to see the launch of the shuttle, no pictures of her released then, no photographers, no videographers, no press was allowed to see here, but a nice photo. she is certainly on her way to recovery, amazing. she was shot in the head, folks, earlier this year, just four and a half months ago and here she is smiling, a lot of people saying she's looking forward to getting back to work. congresswoman gabrielle giffords, first pictures of her since being shot in the head. a nice something we could bring to you this morning. five after on this "cnn sunday morning." need to turn to politics now and a story that has dominated the headlines for the past couple of weeks on capitol hill. a lot of people are asking congressman anthony weiner to resign. he announced he wants a temporary break from capitol hill. a lot of people wanting that more permanent. weiner admitted to sending lewd pictures of himself to women
online. one was a girl 17 years old. the congressman says he had no inappropriate contact with her, did not send her any lewd messages for pictures. yesterday he said he needed a leave of absence. the reason for that? he wanted to become a better husband. still not saying he's ready to resign. >> reporter: you've been reaching out to a number of people. what advice? have you spoken to the clintons and how are they advising you? >> i'm having conversations with people, friends, neighbors, members of the family. i've made mistakes, i have to redeem myself, get back to work. these are personal failings so i'm trying to get back to work. >> he wants to return to work. some are questioning whether or not he'll be able to do that. cnn congressional correspondent dana bash joins me now. you have been working the phones and sources on the story and over the weekend especially. what happened yesterday where it
seems like democrats just came down on him. >> that's a perfect way to say it, t.j., they came down on him big time. there were private calls that went from the democratic leader herself, nancy pelosi, from steve israel, who is the democrat who is in charge of getting fellow democrats elected, a member of the leadership and others who said look, enough is enough. it is time for you to go, and these private conversations happened, it was kind of the last straw for them, and they had realized, i'm told, by several sources who are familiar with the conversations that have been going on really all week there had been pressure building and mounting again, privately and publicly for anthony weiner to resign that the concern these leaders had was with the story not ending. you just mentioned the fact that the story this weekend he had communications with a teenager in delaware, the story not ending after two weeks of
talking about this issue and not talking about what they felt, democrats felt that they were doing pretty well on politically on the republicans' budget, their medicare proposal, they do not want to come back to work on monday and have a third week of this which they call an insurmountable distraction so that is why they said you know what? it's time for you to go. >> dana, they can't necessarily force him to do anything. they can have conversations and give them firm warnings and highly suggest, but besides and i guess maybe their best option is to continue to put this public pressure on him that maybe it would force him out but other than that that's pretty much all they can do. >> reporter: that's right. the fact that nancy pelosi, i mean for people who are kind of looking at this, okay, well, you know, some people are calling on him to resign, i think it's important to underscore, this doesn't happen with members of congress in their own party very much at all. nancy pelosi for example has never, ever called for somebody in her own party to resign so
yes, the public pressure is real, but you're absolutely right, there's really despite evidence of the fact with all of this pressure he's still not going. he's saying he's seeking treatment, apparently at the treatment center according to his staff. he is taking a leave of absence. i am told that what he said in his private conversations is that he wants to wait for his wife to return to the country. his wife is a top aide to hillary clinton. they have travel abroad as part of their official duties. she's supposed to get back midweek and he'll make a final decision then. it's very hard for them -- it can make life very difficult in the congress but it is very hard for them to actually officially kick him out. >> our dana bash has been on the story from the very beginning, working it for us yesterday as well. dana, we appreciate you hopping on. always appreciate having you here on "cnn saturday" and "sunday morning." we turn to the united nations saying it may be or may
was the deadliest moont in afghanistan. 57 were killed last month. nick paton-walsh joins us from kabul. what are they attributing this uptick to? >> reporter: what the u.n. is saying this is the deadliest month for civilians in the last four years, that's may and that's the deadliest month since they began keeping records. they're saying 368 civilians were killed during that month, matching an uptick in casualties in troops, deadliest month of may since the war began, 57 troops. because it's the summer and fighting season and because this is a vital particular summer. this is the taliban's response to the nato surge of last summer and analysts are also saying there are many armed groups in the country, including the taliban fighng to put themselves in a position of supremacy for the fourth coming year in which nato is expected
to begin that withdrawal, t.j. >> what does this mean? we talked about the withdrawal and people in the united states are keeping an eye on that. when could u.s. troops begin to come back in significant numbers? what will this uptick as you say, what will this mean? >> if i'm being honest i don't think it will have an impact at all. the decision to start bringing u.s. troops home is mostly a domestic one. there's a huge amount of pressure on the obama administration to reduce its cost of the war, $10 billion a month in military and unpopular war in the u.s. the military is pressures for a small and slow withdrawal, 5,000 troops and the obama administration wanting as high as 15,000 soldiers brought home. out of a force of 150,000 nato troops that's not going to radically impact their ability to operate.
it sebds a symbolic message to afghans and insurgents that nato are beginning to leave and nato are discussing how fast they can effectively pull out and that's having a big impact on people's psychology. >> nick paton-walsh, thank you. 12 minutes past the hour on this "cnn sunday morning." do you have a plan for retirement? you might need to make a revision in what age you're going to retire. stay with us. of at&t and t-mobile would deliver our next generation mobile broadband experience to 55 million more americans, many in small towns and rural communities, giving them a new choice. we'll deliver better service, with thousands of new cell sites... for greater access to all the things you want, whenever you want them. it's the at&t network... and what's possible in here is almost impossible to say. [ female announcer ] wake up to sweetness
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might cool things off. in the west, expected to be dry, going to be breezy, tough times for them highs in the 90s and 100s. in terms of severe weather we're expecting the chance to pop up across parts of the northern plains in spots today, primarily in places like say back into right across the dakotas, maybe the front range of the rockies and parts of say missouri and even into a sliver of arkansas, if you happen to be in ft. smith you might have thunder boomers, north of little rock. you get to the eastern seaboard you can't rule out the chance of rain drops, florida keys up to boston, maine, kennebunkport, scattered showers and severe thunderstorms take place carolinas and parts of southern virginia. more weather coming up throughout the morning. t.j., back to you. >> appreciate you buddy. check back in with you shortly. ate lot of people hoping, praying for a comfortable retirement. you might have to keep working and working and working until
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a site to let your friends link their pages to your photos, so they can be shared, a process called tagging. many of you know that. tagging photos can take some time so facebook came up with a shortcut. they're using facial recognition. a lot of people not happy about that. our digital lifestyle expert told me why. >> let's say i go to your wedding or i was at your wedding and i took several photos of you and the bridal party, maybe 50 or so pictures. nowadays what i would have to do normally if i wanted to let you know i put the pictures up on facebook i can associate your name with the photos and you would be alerted your photo is up on facebook. now facial recognition says you don't have time to do all 50 photos, do it once, we recognize that's t.j. holmes' face and in all of the other photos will automatically apply that tag to
it. >> wow. the way they're doing this do they have to build a data base of all of the names and faces? >> you're hitting at the heart of it. this is why you're good. this is a great question. they have to scan all of the images in the data base. you say how are they doing that? 100 million photos are being tagged every day on facebook so all they have to do is run the facial recognition software to look at all of the images and next thing you know they have a library of the images. that's susan or mario and instantly be able to tag the photos. >> they probably got a good data base working now. mine might be in there right now and i don't realize it. is there anything you can do about it and why wouldn't you want to be a part of something like this. why are people upset? >> a couple of reasons. because facebook didn't tell us. this is a mode that they always do and facebook i need you guys to listen to us in the consumers
saying let us opt into this. we find out about it after the fact. so what's happening t.j. photos being tagged of you, you wouldn't want publicized. even though you can be notified and you can take the tag down the fact is it's already published. people are saying let us opt in, don't let it opt in by default. >> all right, i'm going to break this thing down for you now. a lot of people want to get out of this. it's not that easy to do. this is how you opt out. 500 million of you facebook use irs. this is good information. login to your facebook profile, click on account in the upper right-hand corner. from that menu the drop-down menu click on the privacy settings. then from the privacy settings you need to click on custom, at the bottom of the custom menu there's something that says customize settings. then you scroll down to something that's called "things
others share" that's the whole section and it says suggest photos of me to friends, and that's where you need to click on edit settings, the pop-up windows that says photos suggest tags, it will be enabled by default and select disabled to turn off the facial recognition tool. i told some of you all when we did this segment i was going to tweet out the information so you would have it. mario, blame him, he didn't get it to me in time. i have it in my hand, i will do that for you this morning, if you didn't follow all that. it's a little ways to go to get it disconnected but a lot of people want to. i'll make sure i get it out to you. they are getting ready for protests in california after a man got a two-year sentence for manslaughter but only served half the time. the california transit cop who says he reached for his taser when he fatally shot an unarmed black man is about to get out of jail. people are furious. the planned combination
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the military, veterans, and their families is without equal. begin your legacy. get an auto insurance quote. u.s.a.a. we know what it means to serve. some of the stories making headlines this morning, we are getting our first real look at arizona congresswoman gabrielle giffords since that january 8th shooting that nearly took her life. these images published on her facebook page just this morning that were taken nearly a month ago by a long time friend of the kong woman, but you can see her smiling, the hair is shorter, a little darker but her recovery certainly continues and appears by some of these pictures to be going well. also in california now tomorrow's scheduled release of